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Coastal Voices: Gitlin’s critique lacks real basis

I would like to congratulate County Supervisor Roger Gitlin on adding media critic to his well-padded resume, but with all due respect I must differ with him on a number of points in his Jan. 6 Coastal Voices lecture (“The Triplicate: What are my expectations of it?”). 

Here are the highlights: 

I, and everyone I asked in an admittedly small survey, thought the Triplicate printed letters in a timely manner and was overly generous in providing unedited space to letters which were not well-constructed either grammatically, intellectually, or both. 


Coastal Voices: Japanese boat’s long journey a symbol of hope

Editor’s note: This column was originally published by the California State Association of Counties on Jan. 8 and appeared at www.publicceo.com.

Almost two years ago I wrote in this blog about a small boat that had washed ashore in Del Norte County. There is nothing unusual about that up here on the North Coast, but there was something special about this small boat called a “panga.” Here’s what I wrote about it back in April of 2013:


Coastal Voices: Encourage young people to express opinions

Well, I have to admit it. I never knew how wrong I could be. The conversation began with her, my college sophomore granddaughter, talking about the problems in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City; then she made the statement that all police officers are corrupt, they all abuse their power and the “police force must answer for their transgressions.” And later, “White supremacists have infiltrated our police force.” Not sure I heard her correctly, I asked, “What about local Crescent City police officers? Are they corrupt?” She responded that they are unwittingly corrupt because of the power establishment that hired them that is also corrupt.


Coastal Voices: We all need a balanced perspective

First may I say I appreciate the changes I see coming about in all different areas of the Triplicate, since the change-over of editor, etc. I am not a subscriber, as having lived elsewhere in prior years I have read more “balanced” papers. Many times I may have been heard to say, or heard said, “Why waste my money? There’s not much of interest in this paper.” 


Coastal Voices: The Triplicate: What are my expectations of it?

I could write this Coastal Voices Op/Ed and simply wish everyone a very happy and healthy new year. That would certainly be safe and benign. However, the subject of my opinion contribution is none other than the messenger herself, the Triplicate. 

Over the last several months my focus of criticism is the thrice-weekly published Triplicate of which I hold the opinion is not representing the community well and systemic changes need be implemented so all of us feel invested and have a voice in the community. 

 


Coastal Voices: Police must be held to a higher standard

We hear about police who abuse their power most often, simply because we can’t pat everyone on the back for doing what they’re being paid to do. With classism and corruption, along with the militarization of officers, comes victims that are all races and genders, and we need to realize that this is a problem that affects everyone. The police force, along with many prosecutors and judges, need to be scrutinized. Protesters across the country and around the world are speaking out against the abuse.

Black civilians need a spotlight, because they are being targeted far more frequently and violently than the rest of us. This is not pointing at individual officers, except perhaps those we have conclusive evidence against that have not been punished. I also understand police apprehend truly dangerous criminals. There is a decided difference, however, in how they handle white and black suspects, whether they prove to be innocent or not. And this is not just a police vs. criminal scenario, since black off-duty cops often get physically harassed and brutalized by white officers. 


Coastal Voices: A group dynamics lens for community building with social capital

Community leadership seldom has one leader and effective leadership is critical to how a shared goal is implemented, for solving problems, and completing projects. 

As a social entrepreneur, community building facilitator, and through pure personal interest and obsession, I am curious about processes that impact human behavior, impact models, and pathways for change within community social movements. Through attending the Ford Family Foundation’s Leadership Institute, I learned an array of strategies, styles, and models for community leadership. In addition to understanding my personal approach, I particularly appreciate lessons about group dynamics. I’m reminded of how critical relationships are to effective change and sustainable systems. 


Coastal Voices: Sutter’s financial records don’t support its claims

As a former hospital administrator now retired in Crescent City, I became very interested in the ongoing community concern over Sutter Health’s effort to transfer ownership of Sutter Coast Hospital (“SCH”) out of the community, and to downsize the hospital by 50 percent in order to qualify for higher Medicare payments under the Critical Access Hospital program. Sutter Health executives have promoted both of these changes as necessary steps to restore profitability to the hospital.

But is SCH really losing money as the Sutter executives have so often claimed? Sutter refuses to release its internal financial records so I reviewed the most recent publicly available financial data for SCH, Mad River Hospital in Arcata and St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka.


Coastal Voices: Still time to make charitable donations

As we get closer to the end of 2014, thoughts go to finding the perfect gift for loved ones. ’Tis the season of giving: of gifts, of parties, and of donations to charities. Some 40 percent of all individual charitable donations are made in December.

I first experienced my own taste of “philanthropy” when I was very young from my parents. My parents raised us seven kids on a very modest budget, but always found a way to give back. 


Coastal Voices: Sutter Health: ‘We plus you’ or ‘smoke plus mirrors’?

As you read this article please ask yourself if Sutter is acting like a for-profit or a not-for-profit corporation.

It’s been just about a year since the webinar report of Sutter’s $170,000 “independent” Strategic Options Study that was followed by an extensive radio and newspaper advertising campaign. Ironically, after two years of Sutter Coast Hospital denying they were considering downsizing the hospital to Critical Access, “the Study” reported the bestoption was to convert to a Critical Access hospital. That means more money for Sutter Health. Go figure.


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